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"With inspiration, simplicity and elegance, this superb work by Ralph Zurmühle confirms the solid trajectory of one of the greatest exponents in the world of solo piano." - YAMAHA Music Europe

1. Nightwalk 6:44
2. Watching Clouds with You 5:31
3. My Favorite Place 6:03
4. Dreaming with Butterflies 5:40
5. Secret in the Ruins 4:22
6. Samantha's Gift 6:09
7. The Wedding Day 4:21
8. Before and After 6:02
9. As Time Passes 16:30

Total playing time: 61:26

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  • "Enormously impressed. I think Track 9, the title track, is now worn out, I have played it so many times !!!"

    - Tony Palmer, British film, theatre and opera director


    "The Swiss pianist and composer Ralph Zurmühle launches his new album, As Time Passes. This is his first work after Reflections (his last album), which reached the recognition of specialized critics and established Ralph as one of the great figures in performance and composition of contemporary solo piano music.

    As Time Passes has all the recognizable components of Ralph's style. It starts with the evocative Nightwalk and continues developing with other pieces of exquisite subtlety and elegance, enveloping you in an intimate atmosphere, in which he masterfully explores the piano's sonority. A sonority in which one can appreciate the extraordinary textures of Secrets in the Ruins and the suggestive nuances of As Time Passes; the theme that closes the album and for which it is named.

    This new album is music to spur the imagination. With inspiration, simplicity and elegance, this superb work by Ralph Zurmühle confirms the solid trajectory of one of the greatest exponents in the world of solo piano."


    "I learned of Ralph Zurmühle’s music several years ago. I reviewed some of his albums and I have been waiting what seems like asmall forever for a new one. Finally, here it is, as time passes. Ralph Zurmühle is a pianist’s pianist. Everything you ever wanted in a solo piano tune is manifested in his. I hear musicality, message, and motivation. And of course, a penchant for being everlasting.
    Ralph Zurmühle is an award winning compose living in Spain. He was born in Lichtenstein and raised in Switzerland. For more than two decades, he has been astonishing audiences with his solo piano scores. His music appears in just about all categories, film, theater, and multimedia. For the last two years he has been performing benefit concerts for Syrian refugees. Ralph’s music is generally, neo-classical and contemporary. Just the way I like it. This latest recording has nine tracks.
    Nightwalk, the opening track, has a sense of the Satie in it with its minimalist melody and grave tempo. Somehow, Ralph manages to put all things we love about the nighttime into this piece. You can’t see the rotation of the earth as it moves through the heavens, but you can sense it. Warm breezes funnel through the streets, and the stars blaze in a sky of black onyx. In some places you can see light and hear music coming from the doorways. In other places, all you canhear is the clacking of your own heels. Time to think your own thoughts.
    There is a vaporous whiteness present in the tune Watching Clouds With You, but the shapes are undefinable. When you think about it, it doesn’t matter what the sky offers. It is the time spent together with the loved one that matters most of all. Ralph’s tune is pensive and dynamic, and every notes has a warm character. This is a sunny day.
    I love how Ralph uses the bass notes to build a little intrigue on my favorite tune Secret in the Ruins. There are ruins that end up as a pile of broken stone rubble; their history long forgotten.Then there are ruins that are the result of shattered lives, laying like pieces on the ground amiddust and debris of their remembrances. Each party is afraid to pick what is left and start over.What an evocative tune this is. Another favorite on as time passes is called Samantha’s Gift. It’s a sentimental song suggesting a boxful of memories. It has a touch of the melancholy to it,but that’s part of the appeal. There is a certain elegance to the tune, less than a waltz, but morethan just a dance.
    As Time Passes, the title tune is a more than sixteen-minute montage created out of emotionally rich piano notes. It begins like a heartbeat, suggesting a birth of sorts. Note by note the melody grows, as does the story. There are beginnings and endings, trials and tribulations. Ralph infuses several shades of darkness into the tune, but he also releases substantial amounts of light. It waseasy to follow, and wondrous to hear. Okay, it has a happy ending.
    Ralph Zurmühle is anything but prolific in the number of his releases. However, everything he does release is absolutely timeless. If anything, his music is honest and genuine. No cards tricks here. Just finely calibrated, expressive notes blended with grace and although not carved instone, they will last forever. Highly recommended.

    - R J Lannan, Artisan Music reviews

  • "It has been almost five years since Ralph Zurmuhle released his last album, Reflections, so I was thrilled to learn that he was releasing As Time Passes, his sixth solo piano album, in early 2019. One of the most expressive pianists on the planet, Zurmuhle discovered his natural musical abilities at the age of five and then spent decades studying jazz and classical music in Zurich and Liechtenstein. Currently living in Spain, Zurmuhle has created a personal style that effortlessly blends the intuitive freedom of improvisation with refinement and development, offering the best of both. In addition to his recordings, Zurmuhle has been scoring music for films, television, theater and multimedia projects since 1986. Over the past couple of years, he has performed a series of benefit concerts for Syrian refugees. 

    Dedicated to the memory of Zurmuhle’s mother, As Time Passes is a collection of nine original piano solos that are mostly (but not all) quiet and introspective even as they overflow with a mix of emotions. This is the kind of music that reveals something new every time you listen to it. I have heard the album at least ten times, and each has been an hour of fascination and discovery. Warm, often magical and a true piano masterpiece, As Time Passes will definitely be on my 2019 list of Favorite Albums!

    The album begins with “Nightwalk,” a haunting piece that makes me think of Erik Satie’s “Gymnopedies.” Slow, spare and utterly profound, you will know from the first couple of phrases that Zurmuhle’s music is in a class of its own. “Watching Clouds With You” is much softer with a dreamy fluidity that moves at the gentle speed of meandering clouds. “Dreaming With Butterflies” is a favorite and clearly demonstrates Zurmuhle’s mastery of the piano. The rapidly-moving left hand suggests the fluttering wings of hundreds of butterflies while supporting a beautifully-uplifting melody that often crosses over to the bass of the piano - piano magic! “Secret In the Ruins” is much darker and more atmospheric - mysterious yet majestic. “Before and After” begins with feelings of wistful reflection, gradually building to a more passionate and dynamic middle section and then returning to a quieter, more subdued closing passage that trails off at the end. The title track is a 16 1/2-minute masterpiece composed in memory of Zurmuhle’s mother. Returning to his open, more minimalistic style, the repeated notes on the left hand are kept to a steady tempo that suggests the passage of time while the right hand expresses a variety of moods and emotions. It’s an amazing piece that brings this excellent album to a calm and peaceful close. 

    If, like me, you have been anxiously awaiting new music from Ralph Zurmuhle, you won’t be disappointed with As Time Passes. If you are new to his music, check it out ASAP! It is available from Amazon, iTunes and CD Baby."

    - Kathy Parsons,